South Holland diners tucked into just over £420,000 worth of meals in Eat Out to Help Out
Diners across South Holland tucked into just over £420,000 worth of meals during last summer’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme - with the lowest take-up in the region
Just 48 restaurants, pubs and cafes in the area took part in the support scheme, which was launched to help hospitality businesses following the first lockdown, according to new figures.
Eat Out to Help Out ran on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays in August and offered diners 50% discount on meals and soft drinks.
Customers ordered 89,000 Eat Out to Help Out meals from South Holland businesses, with a total discount of £421,000 paid by the Government.
The data does not include national chains based in the district, so the number of meals claimed is likely to be much higher.
In South Kesteven, 147 firms took part in the scheme – with customers ordering 226,000 meals and £1,239,000 of discount claimed.
The coastal district of East Lindsey saw the county’s biggest take-up – with 221 businesses offering discount meals as part of the state-backed scheme.
Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall Cafe was among the 48 businesses which took part in last summer’s scheme.
Owners Sarah Hall and Ellie Cley said Eat Out not only opened up their cafe to new customers but also allowed them to build up capital to support them through the latest lockdown.
Ellie said: “Eat Out to Help Out was amazing for us.
“We had the best summer we have ever had as it was so busy.
“We get really busy during the summer anyway but I do think it encouraged people to come out.”
The team are currently running a socially distanced takeaway service, in which orders are placed in one window and picked up from another.
Ellie added: “Takeaway is going really well. People have told us that it is their lifeline.”
Ivan Pastore who owns Amici Restaurant in Spalding also reported a busy summer.
While the documentation required some work, he said it introduced new customers to the restaurants.
Ivan, who expressed concerns now that the country is in lockdown, said: “The scheme was a massive shot in the arm for us.”
Cormac O’Hara, who owns Caffè Aurora in Holbeach owner said: “It was positive but I don’t think it did us any favours in terms of the journey of the pandemic. It was related to the economic performance of our sector which it did help.”